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Show 0028: KansasFest 2008 Wrap Up

Welcome to Show 0028! Voicemail is down! Email from John this episode–we hope you can come to KansasFest too and thanks for the kind words. Our main topic–KansasFest 2008 coverage: on Tuesday after Piekop Endropov service we hit Sweet Tomatoes, hang out, and write tons of code.

Wednesday’s agenda includes HackFest opening (thanks to Ken Gagne of Juiced.GS, Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd of Syndicomm, and Dr. Steven Weyhrich of Apple2History.org for judging!), KFest Kookout (Kirk Mitchell, King of the Kooks), registration (nice purple green shirts, Ken), Lane Roath‘s awesome keynote harking back to his Softdisk days, Rob Walch of Today in iPhone‘s follow up on last year’s session, dinner, and the PizzaFest reception courtesy of Syndicomm and Juiced.GS (mahalo to Sheppy and Ken!), as well as the usual hanging out.

Thursday’s deal–Steve W. (not -that- Steve W) digitizes videos and photos, our other doc, Stavros, gives a tutorial on the Apple II Monitor, your A2Unplugged host runs a session on blogging for (lots of) fun and (very little) profit (best way to make a small fortune blogging is to start off with a large fortune!)–some video of me and other sessions are on YouTube–lunch, Bruce Baker taking us through Softdisk’s library of games, James Littlejohn of 8 Bit System on CAD for Apple II hardware, Sheppy demos Sweet16 and discusses developing Apple II software using Sweet16 (lots of new features!), followed by War Games 25th Anniversary showing–when the projector wasn’t crashing–or working on HackFest projects!

Friday featured Margaret Anderson on HyperCard IIgs (see her interactive fiction article in Volume 11, Issue 4 of Juiced.GS!), Geoff Weiss on ZFS (no monkeying around with this ape free file system!), Tony Diaz on 16 Sector (hardware available again–Sirius RAM cards and Focus drive controllers), lunch, more digitizing with Dr. Steve (audio this time), Tony and your host on Internet Anywhere (There’s Cell Phone Coverage) using a (possibly absolutely awful) phone, USB modem, and maybe a Cradlepoint router, and Sheppy programming Shepfari for the iPhone in less than 1/2 hour and a page worth of code. Friday night brings us the banquet and door prizes followed by an Apple Store run (Leawood store rocks! T shirts for KFest attendees!), Krispy KremeFest, and Independence Day RiffTrax style.

Saturday features announcements and demos from me, 8 Bit System and Reactive Micro (Little Control Panel, Double Seven, Little Expander Plus), Geoff Weiss (Hash Toolset update and MegaMemory memory tester), Ken Gagne and Russ Nielson reclassify Esprit de Apple Corps as freeware and Ken announces that Juiced.GS will continue on, Ken demos FaceBook including the Apple II Enthusiast group, your host wins HackFest with the Bitly CDA (barely) over Margaret’s Game Menu in HyperCard, we eat yet again, attend the vendor fair, head off to K.C. Masterpiece (Free WiFi!–well, from McDonald’s).

Finally, Sunday (or was it still Saturday–is it the next day if you don’t sleep?) was departure day; hope we can see you all at KansasFest in 2009 (no dates yet, but hopefully Rockhurst University will work things out with the committee soon). And much mahalo to Kirk for not only rooming with me for nine freaking long years but for finding my lost key!


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